Mission & Vision
The mission of the Pastoral Institute is to care for the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of people. Our vision is to help inspire and empower people to love, serve and live meaningfully.
Established in July 1974, the Pastoral Institute was born out of a vision that four men shared to see the needs of the whole person met. Richard Robertson, pastoral counselor; Herschel Allen, pastoral counselor; George Zubowicz, medical director of The Bradley Center; and Bill Turner, a Columbus business leader, believed the Pastoral Institute would be a refuge of healing, clarity and inspiration for those who come seeking help with difficult life experiences. Originally located in two donated offices in the newly renovated downtown YMCA, the Pastoral Institute opened its doors for the first time in October of 1974. In 1979 our services of counseling, consulting and education were expanded to include an Employee Assistance Program. In 1984, our ten year anniversary, we relocated to our current location and in 1987 the building was expanded due to demands for services. We celebrated the inauguration of our Clergy Resource Center in 1991, which is now the D.A. and Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center.
In 2010, the Pastoral Institute dedicated a new campus that provides a wonderful sense of peace and possibility. Our campus includes gardens, a chapel, conference rooms, a community room and dedicated areas for children, teens and adults. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2014 and continue to offer programs that include either counseling, consulting, or education and work with people in unique circumstances.